Germany is tired of the Brits, and is showing it in the most German way possible – scrapping the whole Brexit talk over and done with.
The nation’s EU representatives have reported to Berlin that ‘there’s been no progress’ in the impending negotiations with Boris Johnson’s cabinet. The officials involved have gone further to directly criticize the British Prime Minister, saying that he ‘doesn’t understand how negotiations work’. As the date for the inevitable exit from the European Union nears its deadline of December 31, the EU officials are concerned that UK will blame them for the whole debacle, and then going on a no-deal exit. The talks to try ensuring that there be no such mishap let go asunder hasn’t achieved ‘any tangible progress’ according to the said officials.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to bring the negotiations to a soluble discussion by the time of this autumn.
An EU diplomat said: ‘People underestimate how bleak the mood is in the EU negotiation team.We have had the whole summer completely wasted, a cabinet that doesn’t understand how the negotiations work, a prime minister who, I think, doesn’t understand how the negotiations work – because he is under the wrong impression that he can pull off negotiating at the 11th hour.
The source added: ‘If they [the UK government] see it’s not going to work out they are just going to try and make it really acrimonious.
’ Another EU diplomat with knowledge of the agenda said Brexit had been removed after last week’s round of talks between London and Brussels made little headway.But a UK official told the newspaper the Bloc had been slowing progress by making sure decisions on each area are taken in parallel.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, on Wednesday repeated his call for a deal with Britain on future ties by the end of October.
He said he had no plans to meet his British counterpart David Frost this week, adding: ‘But perhaps next week, if conditions allow.’ Disagreements over state aid rules and fishing quotas have so far thwarted a deal, which the EU says must be in the making in time to be approved at an October 15-16 summit of the bloc’s 27 national leaders to enable ratification this year.
Differences also linger in discussions on migration, security, dispute-settling mechanisms, human rights guarantees and other areas.
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